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(File Photo: Ahmed Kathrada addressing young people on Robben Island on the 2nd anniversary of Mandela's death.)

Following the third anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela’s death, Ahmed Kathrada reflects on Madiba’s leadership lessons, and its relevance in today’s political climate.


Caption: Ahmed Kathrada and Fidel Castro pictured during a trip to Robben Island. 

Former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada reflects on the legacy of Fidel Castro, and what the revolutionary Cuban leader symbolised for the South African liberation movement. 


About The Foundation

Objectives of the Foundation


In pursuing its core objective of deepening non-racialism, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation will:


  • Promote the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of the Republic
    of South Africa;
  • Collect, record, promote and display, through historical artefacts and contemporary material, Kathrada's
    role in South Africa's liberation struggle and its relation to the role of other individuals, groups and
    movements both nationally and internationally;
  • Establish a research and documentation centre that will provide selective historical and contemporary
    documentation and archival material on liberation history in South Africa, and to make this available for
    academic and scholarly research;
  • Organise seminars, lectures, debates and discussions and undertake research on issues which promote a
    non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa;
  • Identify and support projects and programmes that will deepen non-racialism and create an equitable
  • Build and maintain a centre that will carry out all of the activities and programmes of the Foundation.